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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 19, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 19, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Courtesy of the OTR II Tour
Jay-Z and Beyoncé fans of the Valley, the week you've been waiting for is here. Expect hit after hit to be performed by Jay and Bey, arguably the biggest power couple in music, when their “On The Run II” tour hits the newly rechristened State Farm Stadium (formerly University of Phoenix Stadium) in Glendale on Wednesday night.

It's reportedly going to be a two-and-a-half hour journey that chronicles the ups and downs of their tumultuous relationship over the years and features many of their biggest songs. Suffice it to say, it's probably going to be one of the biggest concerts of the year in the Valley.

But if Jayoncé ain’t your bag, there are several other notable shows happening this week, including gigs by Ryley Walker, Suicidal Tendencies, Selwyn Birchwood, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Carbon Leaf. Trombone Shorty will also bring a host of New Orleans-born acts to town as a part of the Voodoo Threauxdown tour, which also hits the Valley on Wednesday.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley this weekend, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge The members of Carbon Leaf. - ELMO THAMM
The members of Carbon Leaf.
Elmo Thamm
Carbon Leaf
Monday, September 17
Musical Instrument Museum

After almost two decades together, Carbon Leaf has effectively created their own brand of accessible bluegrass. But the Virginia natives can't be pinned to a single genre – the band have an ostensible pop side, one that best translates live through Carbon Leaf's varying stringed instrumentation.

Albums such as 2011’s Live, Acoustic... And In Cinemascope! perfectly captures the group's on-stage cohesiveness, while showcasing Barry Privett's sunny vocals as he leads Carbon Leaf fans through a look back at the band's long and steady career. You can partake in a similar experience when Carbon Leaf take to the stage at the Musical Instrument Museum in-house theater on Monday night. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $38.50-$43.50. Bree Davies

click to enlarge Songwriter Ryley Walker. - EVAN JENKINS
Songwriter Ryley Walker.
Evan Jenkins
Ryley Walker
Tuesday, September 18
Valley Bar

The Chicago-based songwriter and guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker has made a name for himself over the past several years by blending together '60s-inspired folk and '90s alternative rock. It's a charming and eclectic style that ambles along with the reflective strands of Nick Drake or Fairport Convention, and the noisy ebullience of Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr. His latest album, Deafman Glance, finds him moving farther away from the solo troubadour territory he previously inhabited into a guide he's becoming more amenable to: that of an indie rock songsmith. He's also probably the funniest and most self-deprecating indie rocker on Twitter. Though he's long been a "must follow," lately he's been on a roll, poking fun at his unkempt appearances, claiming to have never listened to Leonard Cohen, and reminding the Nike-boycotting country duo Big and Rich of the time he sullied their trailer at a music festival. With this in mind, expect some hearty between-song banter at Saturday night's show. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - MATTHEW MENDENHALL
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Matthew Mendenhall
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Tuesday, September 18
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

It’s been more than five years since the Black Crowes, the acclaimed blues-rock band featuring brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, embarked on their final tour. Since then, Chris has focused all his time and energy on another project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

It’s always seemed a little ironic that he gave the name “Brotherhood” to a band that he plays in without his brother, but maybe that’s the point. CRB (as the band is known) put out their fifth full-length studio album, Barefoot in the Head, in 2017, and the band (completed by guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Mark Dutton, and drummer Tony Leone) has spent a huge amount of time on the road. While we would love to see a Black Crowes reunion, the Robinson brothers have never felt inclined to do things the easy way. Tom Murphy

click to enlarge The current lineup of Suicidal Tendencies. - TICKETMASTER
The current lineup of Suicidal Tendencies.
Suicidal Tendencies
Tuesday, September 18
The Pressroom

The early 1980s were a good time to be in a hardcore punk band. Music and reputation spread through underground circles, and if you added a little controversy — maybe some supposed gang affiliation — your band could go national quickly. This is how it worked for Venice Beach's Suicidal Tendencies. With a controversial name, speculative gang ties, and often violent fans, the band founded by vocalist Mike Muir — the only original member remaining — went from being voted "Worst Band/Biggest Assholes" in punk fanzine Flipside one year to "Best New Band" the following. Though recording was spotty, at best, Suicidal Tendencies did record seminal hardcore track "Institutionalized," which appears in cult classic Repo Man, an episode of Miami Vice (of all places), and event flicks like Iron Man.

Muir eventually embraced thrash metal — angering punk's purists. His association with future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo helped the band find their calling with a pair of stellar albums: Controlled by Hatred and Lights ... Cameras ... Revolution! Trujillo's funky side also spawned side project Infectious Grooves. Since their mid-'90s heyday, the band featured a rotating cast of musicians (most notably, funk/soul bassist wunderkind Thundercat) and has released a handful of new albums in the last five year, including 13 in 2013 and World Gone Mad, both of which were well-received by fans and critics alike. They’ve dropped two new albums just this year, Still Cyco Punk After All These Years and Get Your Fight On!, proving Suicidal Tendencies still has plenty of mojo. Glenn BurnSilver
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